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Shark and ray species to get protection

| October 15, 2012
Shark and ray species to get protection

Representatives from 37 countries have proposed their support for the protection of vulnerable shark and ray species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species  (CITES). 10 species of shark and ray including scalloped, smooth and great hammerheads, oceanic white tip sharks, porbeagles and manta rays have been put forward as species requiring protection, […]

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Commercial fishermen to help research North Sea sharks

| October 1, 2012
Commercial fishermen to help research North Sea sharks

A EUROPEAN Fisheries Fund (EFF) grant has been awarded to a project that employs commercial fishermen to help research the inshore shark and ray populations of the southern North Sea (ICES division IVc). Funding of almost £200,000 from the EFF has been used towards establishing a research partnership between inshore fishermen from East Anglia and […]

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EU votes against closing shark finning “loopholes”

| September 25, 2012
EU votes against closing shark finning “loopholes”

In what could have been a historic opportunity to close the loopholes which continue to allow the practice of shark finning in European waters, the European politicians who could have made that momentous step, chose otherwise. Yesterday, members of the EU fisheries committee voted in a ‘puzzling and inconsistent manner’ on amendments to current legislation […]

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Longliners ask Parliament to reject shark finning ban

| September 12, 2012
Longliners ask Parliament to reject shark finning ban

Several organizations representing the community longliners’ industry asked the European Parliament (EP) to reject the fin-attached policy developed by the European Commission (EC). They argue that this decision is essential to ensure the fleet survival and the 13,875 jobs depending on it. The organizations — the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca), the National Association of Fish […]

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Saved from a slow death in gillnet

| August 22, 2012
Saved from a slow death in gillnet

From one of our colleagues in the Orkneys. A local angler caught a spurdog which was swimming around caught up in some gillnet. It was still feeding obviously, but also slowly getting its head cut off as the image shows. The angler cut away all the net and the spurdog swam away, hopefully the wounds […]

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No Tiree Array

| August 19, 2012
No Tiree Array

Basking Sharks are being used to fight plans for Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm which is proposed for an area west of the island of Tiree in waters that are a vital mating ground for basking sharks. The campaign group, No ­Tiree Array (NTA) want the seas around the 30 square-mile island to be designated […]

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Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy – information events

| August 17, 2012
Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy – information events

The Scottish Government are holding a number of public events over September 2012, to provide information on planning for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy in Scottish waters, and on the offshore renewables licensing manual. These events are open to all and will consist of a drop-in information session, followed by a presentation and discussion […]

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UK will not ban shark fin soup

| June 26, 2012
UK will not ban shark fin soup

Poorest excuse of the year – according to Defra the UK cannot ban shark fin soup without contravening EU trade agreements and World Trade Organisation obligations.! Oliver Colvile (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the […]

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